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Steve Boreham, BSc PhD

Senior Technical Officer [Geographical Services Officer]

Ecologist, Geologist & Palynologist with a special interest in Quaternary, Biogeography, Coastal, Geochemical and Forensic studies


Steve is a Senior Technical Officer and the Geographical Services Officer for the Department of Geography, University of Cambridge. The role oversees the Geography Science Laboratories, the Field Equipment Service, Buildings Management and Health & Safety.

Steve has taught, carried out research and managed laboratories in various departments within the University of Cambridge for almost 30 years.

Before this, Steve managed laboratories and organised field excursions at Queen's College, London, was a geology and ecology tutor at the Epping Forest Conservation Centre (now the Epping Forest Centre), and carried out freshwater pollution research at North East London Polytechnic (now University of East London).

Steve was educated at St. John's School, Epping, Essex, where he gained four 'A' levels in science subjects. He then came to Cambridge to study a modular science degree at Cambridgeshire College of Arts and Technology (now Anglia Ruskin University). After specialising in geology and ecology he gained a BSc Science (Hons) degree 2:1.

Throughout 1998 and 1999 Steve studied and obtained qualifications on NEBS certificated basic and advanced staff management skills course.

Between 1995 and 2002, Steve studied part-time for an Open University PhD entitled: "The Pleistocene Stratigraphy and Palaeoenvironments of the Cambridge District".


I am a geologist and ecologist with more than 35 years experience working in the UK. I have more than 30 years experience of undertaking geological, ecological and forensic fieldwork in a variety of environments, often in adverse conditions. I have taught undergraduate and graduate field courses in East Anglia for more than two decades. I have considerable experience of field survey and sampling techniques including manual and mechanical borehole drilling, section logging, Ground Penetrating Radar, Leica GNSS (SmartNet), dGPS, Total Station and laser scanning. I also have expertise in a wide variety of laboratory analytical techniques, including geochemistry (ICP, IC, electro-chemistry, UV-VIS spectrometry), laser particle size analysis, loss-on-ignition, magnetic susceptibility & pollen/diatom/macrofossil analysis. I have regularly taught these laboratory techniques to undergraduates and graduates for more than two decades. In addition, I regularly process LIDAR and other survey data, and teach both simple and multivariate statistical techniques. In the past, I have worked on a variety of forensic cases and have appeared as an expert witness in court on several occasions. More recently, I have been exploring the use of drones (UAVs - unmanned aerial vehicles) in ecological and geological survey work.


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Listed by area of research.

Quaternary geology of Britain

Coastal environments

Forensic Science

Thermokarst activity and periglacial landscape change

Three-dimensional landscape modelling and data manipulation

Lichens as air pollution indicators

Freshwater macro-invertebrates as pollution indicators and freshwater ecology:

Archaeology & preservation status geochemistry

Other research: geology, ecology, methodology and urban wildlife

External activities